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Transitions: navigating and
supporting medical education
in times of change

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Transitions: navigating and
supporting medical education
in times of change

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supporting medical education
in times of change

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Transitions: navigating and
supporting medical education
in times of change

Transitions: navigating and
supporting medical education
in times of change

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Manchester Central

Windmill St, Manchester
Monday 6 – Tuesday 7 December 2021

Join the DEMEC 2021 community

Network with colleagues and meet new connections – unite with the 1400 registered to date
Now only virtual attendance available
Missed a session on the day?
Catch up on demand for 3 months following DEMEC
(allow up to 48 hrs for livestream session upload following the conference)

The DEMEC planning committee is delighted that  for the 4th time, the leading organisations in medical education and training across the UK have come together to provide a unique and high quality joint national UK Medical Education conference in December 2021.

The last three conferences have provided an exceptional opportunity for clinicians involved in healthcare education and training to learn, share best practice and drive current thinking in the field of medical education and training, meeting in a single conference with expertise from all. Parallel submissions this year exceeded previous numbers by 20%  and shows how increasingly relevant DEMEC is for those involved in education and training. It is the Medical education conference to present at.

The conference programme has now been finalised. We have a wide range of sessions and as another first for UK Medical Education we are running the conference both virtually and face to face, catering for all needs.

Our internationally renowned speakers and handpicked programme and will provide delegates with the ideas and information to enable improvement and innovation in their educational practice. More importantly it allows us to consider how we support in difficult times, and times of transition, continuing the spirit of collaboration seen in the NHS as we continue to deal with COVID 19 as clinicians and educators.

We strive, through this, to support and develop the educational leaders of today and tomorrow.

At a time of change, risks and opportunities, with a recognised need for collaboration across traditional boundaries, this conference will inspire and motivate you as you learn with and link you to your peers across the country.

Keeping the DEMEC community covid secure

As stated on the DEMEC website homepage, DEMEC’s planning committee representing all the stakeholders wish to ensure that for those attending in person in December that DEMEC will take place in a covid secure environment.
DEMEC will be working together with Manchester Central to provide a covid safe environment throughout the DEMEC conference.
DEMEC will follow safe best practice and government guidance and will continually review attendance requirements based on available information.
To help keep our educational community safe, and those working on behalf of the venue and other suppliers, currently we request that in person attendees adhere to the below.

Effectiveness of public health measures in reducing the incidence of covid-19, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and covid-19 mortality: systematic review and meta-analysis. View article here

Checked by stewards on your arrival at the venue
(please arrive in good time – we will be opening registration earlier to minimise queuing)

Show proof of double vaccine certification through the NHS app (this can be either on your smartphone or printed). 
Find out how to obtain your covid pass letter

Undertake a lateral flow test (LFT) 24 hrs prior to arrival and show negative results on entry to the venue (this can be either a photo of the LFT or the auto notification given if you log your result on the government website)
Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral test result

We appreciate that some attendees may be exempt from the above (it is important that you notify us in advance if this is the case)

Test and Trace

On arrival you will be asked to scan the bar code for Test and Trace

Within Manchester Central
Continue to wear a mask during your time in Manchester Central
Wash hands regularly (anti bac stations are available throughout the venue)
Adhere to the social distancing guidance in place at the time (we will be limiting attendance to 50% capacity)
Doors will be open, where possible, to allow for the circulation of fresh air
Outdoor space (uncovered) will be available for your use during the breaks accessible via the upper foyer
Please bring your own lanyard to wear during the conference
Please bring your own water bottle (water coolers will be available throughout to re-fill your bottles)


Professor Shafi Ahmed

Professor Shafi Ahmed

Surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator, and entrepreneur
Dr Victoria Brazil

Dr Victoria Brazil

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation
Professor Sir Kenneth Calman

Professor Sir Kenneth Calman

Professor Charlotte Rees

Professor Charlotte Rees

BSc(Hons), GradCertTerEd(Mgt), MEd, PhD, FHEA, FRCPE
Prof Wendy Reid

Professor Wendy Reid

Director of Education & Quality, Medical Director Health Education England
Professor Chris Whitty

Professor Chris Whitty

Chief Medical Officer

Is DEMEC for me?

DEMEC welcomes everyone involved in medical education including:

  • all those involved in medical education and training at postgraduate and undergraduate level
  • those involved in CPD in medicine
  • those interested in integrated training
  • medical students or trainees interested in medical education and postgraduate training
  • nurses, midwives and allied health professionals interested in inter-professional learning
  • researchers
  • managers
  • policy makers
  • administrators

CPD approved
DEMEC 2021 now approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 9 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s)

Our commitment to sustainability

DEMEC 2021 is running as a hybrid conference in December using live streaming to broadcast the conference. 
Read more…

Venue and location

Manchester Central
Windmill St,
M2 3GX

DEMEC confirms 300 digital posters

Poster abstract submissions are strongly encouraged and are eligible for awards.
Submission deadline: Wednesday 30 June


• Hybrid conference blending face to face and virtual attendance
• 5 plenary talks
• 6 themes
• 60 parallel sessions
• 300 digital posters

DEMEC 2019 stats

  • 1200 attendees across two days
  • plenary talks
  • 56 parallel sessions
  • over 170 posters presented
  • 5,000 tweets.  

“Outstanding content, it added to my knowledge and experience”

“Fantastic conference – I came away with many ideas to consider and implement changes”

“Very valuable addition to my educational knowledge – even those areas with which I was already familiar revised my perspective for the better”

DEMEC 2019 Closing video

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Transitions matter: The theory, research and practice of transitions in medical education

Transitions matter. They provide opportunities for intense learning but are also challenging. Drawing on the literature and her team-based research on medical education transitions, Charlotte will talk about: (i) What transitions are; (ii) How transitions can be researched; and (iii) How medical students and trainees can be helped to navigate transitions.

Professor Charlotte Rees
Head of School of Health Sciences
University of Newcastle
NSW, Australia

Building high performance healthcare teams – culture, relationships and translational simulation

Improving teamwork and shaping culture in healthcare is easy to say, but hard to do.
Team training, catchy communication acronyms, and off-site team building might not realise the promise of high performing teams in the complex environment of 21st century healthcare.
Maybe simulation offers more than we think – if used with agility – to explore work environments and the people in them, to test better systems or practices, and to embed ‘best practice’ once we know what that is.
And maybe simulation can actually shape culture, and help high performing healthcare teams get better, together.

Professor Victoria Brazil
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation
Gold Coast Health Service, Queensland, Australia

The importance of generalist skills for multimorbidity patient care

The proportion of patients with two or more medical conditions continues to increase. The majority of over 75s now have 3 or more conditions and almost one in five 40-69 year olds have at least 2 conditions. This trend remains a challenge to the entire medical profession. Whilst greater specialisation, particularly in secondary care, has improved clinical outcomes for individual conditions, generalist skills are becoming increasingly important when faced with patients with multiple long-term conditions. Shifting back to maintaining and celebrating generalism in the medical workforce is critical to respond to the changing pattern to health and disease in the population.

Professor Chris Whitty
Chief Medical Officer
Department of Health and Social Care, London, UK

AoME Calman lecture and awards ceremony

In its 15th year the Academy of Medical Educators is thrilled that the Calman lecture will be delivered by the man in whose honour it is held. Sir Ken will be discussing his life and career with members of AoME’s Developing Medical Educators Group. This is sure to be a fascinating, edifying and thought provoking discussion. Sir Ken’s insistence on the need for structure and recognition in medical education led directly to the founding of the Academy and the development of the Professional Standards for Medical Educators.

Professor Sir Kenneth Calman

Co-chairs: Dr Jamie Fisher and Dr Lewis Hendon-John

Awards presented by Dr Jamie Read